When it comes to the spread of misinformation in a public emergency situation, social media takes the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Facebook will also be promoting "relevant and up-to-date information" with posts on the top of Facebook's News Feed based on guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Part of their approach will be making sure claims of fake cures or prevention methods, or claims created to discourage treatment, are removed.
The company has an existing policy of removing content deemed a threat to users' physical health and has used that policy in the past to remove vaccine-related misinformation, although in rare cases.
Facebook said it will remove content that has false claims or conspiracy theories if they are flagged by local and worldwide health organizations.
The novel coronavirus is taking on a life of its own on the internet, once again putting USA -based social media companies on the defensive about their efforts to curb the spread of false information.
Google announced a similar move Thursday, saying it was working in partnership with the World Health Organization to make resources about coronavirus more "easily accessible". In the United States, for example, Twitter directs users to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, beneath a bold headline that reads: "Know the facts". The company has formed partnerships with organizations in 14 countries, including the U.S., Australia, and Japan, and says it will expand to more locations "as the need arises".
Twitter has noted that the company didn't see "significant coordinated attempts to spread disinformation" on the platform but there have been over 15 million tweets surrounding the outbreak in the past four weeks. In the same way, Facebook is taking steps to limit the spreading of false information. The company said it will also alert users who have previously shared content about the coronavirus that its third-party fact-checkers have found to be false.